For around 6 months following its opening, Disneyland had a lingerie store on Main Street USA. Guests could buy intimate apparel and watch a presentation on the history of women’s underwear, hosted by an animatronic known as the “Wizard of Bras”.
Upon being told he couldn’t go to Disneyland due to security concerns, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev went berserk. He said afterwards, “What do you have there – rocket launching pads? Is there a cholera epidemic down there? Have gangsters taken control of the place? Your police are strong enough to lift up a bull; surely they are strong enough to take care of gangsters?” Khrushchev left LA the next morning.
Disneyland used to employ young women as mermaids who would swim in the water around the Submarine Voyage ride.
Until the late 1960s, men with long hair were prohibited from entering Disneyland because it did not meet the standards of Disney’s unwritten dress code. Employees were also prohibited from having any facial hair because visitors would associate it with un-American activities.
Disneyland had to close the “It’s a Small World” ride for several months in 2007 for renovations because people were too fat for the ride and the boats were regularly getting stuck.
At night, Disneyland becomes overrun by stray cats. Disney embraces them because they keep the mouse population in check and treats them like pets, including spaying and neutering them and giving them shots.
If you’re not familiar with the Disney Ride, you’re probably familiar with the blockbuster starring Johnny Depp that was based on the original ride. Pirates is one of the first attractions in Disneyland. It opened in 1967, and has been a huge hit in the park ever since. When the attraction opened in 1967, Pirates of the Caribbean used real human skeletons as props. “Because the original Imagineering team felt that the faux skeletons of the period were just too unconvincing, the grotto sequence originally featured real human remains obtained from the UCLA Medical Center. The skeletons were later returned to their countries of origin and given a proper burial.”
When Disneyland Paris opened the employees were so unhappy they called it ‘Mousewitz’. Disney found out and banned the word. Within half a day it was known as ‘Duckau’.